The Valle Cavanata Nature Reserve is a former fishing valley which was turned into a reserve in 1996. It has a land surface area of 274 ha, consisting of different habitats such as wetlands, woods, lagoons and seaside. More than 260 different species of birds (incl. many migratory birds) have been recorded here. Greylag Goose live here year round and are the symbol of the reserve. Other species found year round or breeding include Mute Swan, Greater Flamingo, different herons and grebes, Black-winged Stilt, Common Shelduck, Common Tern, Common Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier. During migration and/or winter you may find amongst others, Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon), Greater White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose, several ducks, Mediterranean Gull and Hen Harrier.
Approx. 30 km south of the A4 or A23 highway. Also accessible by bike (or car) from Grado across the Canale Primero (approx. 10 km). Click on the P in the map to get directions.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Sea, Dunes, Mud flats, Beach, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Winter, Autumn migration
RouteUnpaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byBicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
At the visitor centre you may find additional information about short itineraries to areas which are usually closed to visitors. There are also bikes for rent. Please check the website (see the link below) for the opening hours.
Riserva Naturale Regionale della Foce dell'Isonzo/Isola della Cona.